HPU women cruise past Catawba in exhibition
Weathering a cold shooting start, the High Point University women’s basketball team used its defense to warm up and take care of Catawba 93-64 in an exhibition game at the Millis Center.
The defensive effort including forcing the Division II Indians into 29 turnovers and 36 percent shooting to turn a foul-plagued rough start into a blowout.
Stacia Robertson led the Panthers with a double-double, scoring 20 points that included a perfect 9-of-9 at the foul line and pulling down 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Kaylah Keys added 15 points while junior college transfer Latrice Phelps and Lindsay Puckett each added 10.
Making just 2 of their first 12 shots, the Panthers trailed 14-9 with 11 minutes left in the first half as Catawba scored six of its first eight points from the line. HPU scored four buckets and three free throws on its next four possessions to take the lead for good at 19-16 on Keys’ 3-point play.
The lead was five when the Panthers opened a comfortable margin by scoring nine in a row, helped by three of the Indians 15 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
Maja Michalska started the run with a bucket. Robertson came up with a steal and sank a 3-pointer. Jatzmin Johnson converted a free throw after the Panthers blocked a shot and Robertson added a 3-point play after another steal to make it 36-22.
Up by 12 at the half, the Panthers started the second half with another blitz, scoring 10 of the first 12 points of the period to lead 52-32 thanks to two buckets by Robertson, two by Puckett and one by Phelps. HPU hit five of its first seven shots of the half during the burst, after shooting just 32 percent in the first half, as it was more efficient in running its offense.
HPU wound up hitting 53 per cent of its shots for the half and 42 percent for the game. The Panthers also had trouble handling the ball, committing 17 turnovers while dishing 14 assists. Tayler Tremblay dished six assists but also committed six turnovers.
Chloe Bully led Catawba with 17 points. Mallary Clay and Emma Ucinski added 14 each.